We had a lot of fun with elves this month! We have Sparkles, our Elf on the Shelf who teamed up with Gus, our resident ghost mischief-maker working together to leave surprises for the children almost every day! They left messages, puzzles, stickers, suggestions for stories to read, and sometimes special treats to eat! I managed to catch them in the act using a special app called Santa Spy Cam! They built a castle using the blocks in the classroom at our Christmas center and filled it with candycanes. The video above is the evidence!
We also filled out applications to become elves. I sent them home for Christmas. Hope you enjoyed them!
We also had a surprise visit from Santa Claus!
He spent a long time visiting with the children and told us a lot about elves. Apparently their favourite food is candycanes!
There were a few elves in his sack that tried to get out but he managed to keep them hidden!
Our Polar Express day was a lot of fun! Thank you to everyone for supporting this day! We made hot chocolate and had yummy cookies. We used up the leftover graham crackers from the Gingerbread house building to make some S’mores! Very yummy!
We listened to the story first and then we each got a jingle bell just like in the story. Luckily, no one had a hole in their pocket!
We also danced to these two Christmas Just Dance Kids videos! The Grade Sevens came to help us dance to the Santa one!
This is the Jingle Bells one! Lots of fun!
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Have a Happy New Year!
Today was the last day in session this year and so to celebrate we did our favourite subject….
We did one new experiment and then repeated two of our favourite old ones.
There are two things that I have always wanted to do but have been successful at yet…
I can’t whistle very well (actually, I can’t whistle at all) and I haven’t been able to blow up a balloon.
But I do know how to get science to blow up a balloon!
I do love experiments that use vinegar and baking soda! Good old kitchen ingredients!
The instructions are in your child’s science duotang. One rainy day this summer when you are looking for some fun give it a try!
We also repeated the Don’t Spill experiment. It is fun to watch their faces when the piece of paper holds up the water in the upside down cup for a while. I think the record this morning was just a little over half an hour before the paper fell down and the water splashed out!
We also did the experiment we call High and Dry! We put some kleenex in the bottom of a cup, turn the cup over and put it in a tub of water. The kleenex stays dry. Do you know why?
I promised that I would post the links for Dance Mix Two. We have had a great time dancing to some of the songs on this mix. We haven’t done them all yet!
I have also add the Disney Dance Mix. We haven’t had a chance to do any of these yet!
You can find the links on our class WIKI page.
I am trying to figure out which one is my favourite…. What’s yours?
I would like to thank Kinderchat for compiling all these great dance videos. Aren’t they great?
So when the weather is not so nice this summer you have two things you can do! Check out the science experiments and DANCE!
Have a great summer!
We have started our unit about the ocean. Yesterday, we made ocean count-up books! I found some really neat stickers to use as a jumping off point. The children had to create a count-up book using words that described the action of the ocean creatures!
They did a great job! We had treasure chest, coral reefs, big and little waves, and some wonderful describing words!
I found a cute little ipad book app called Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes and illustrated by Jeanette Canyon to introduce our new unit!
We decided to listen to the song version. It also has a non-fiction section with facts about each of the ocean creatures in the story. Beautiful illustrations made with clay! The words are highlighted as they are read and there are some fun animations. The class really enjoyed finding all the ocean creature babies!
The children did a great job creating designs for the covers of their fishy books!
I have added the Just Dance Video Mix videos to our WIKI page! I found the mix on the MattbGomez site and it was compiled by Michelle Heibert. The mix is awesome and we use it all the time!
I will add few others to the page soon! Hopefully, you will enjoy them as much as we do!
Just go to our class WIKI page at the top of this blog and click on the link that says Dance Mix!
I can’t decide which dance I like the best…. Which one is your favourite?
I love to surf to find new ideas on the net. I found a great site recently at one of my favourite teacher sites. He is a kindergarten teacher named MattbGomez and he has a great site. He created these Symbaloo sites of his favourite dance video using a safeshare version. I can go to his Symbaloo site and just click on the dance video we want to do and we have a great exercise break that everyone enjoys! I am going to have to figure out how to use Symbaloo!
Barbara Ann is one of our favourites!
I like to use this site because the videos have been filtered through safeshare. I love the JustDance Kids videos! I have a lot of favourites!
Anybody want to dance?